Mind Boggling Buildings
Posted: Monday, July 22nd, 2019 at 11:23am
We love a good World Record, especially when it involves buildings. So, we decided, why not share some of the most impressive, tallest, heaviest buildings in the world?
1. The Biggest Building...To Be Demolished!
We're starting strong. And you've got to be for this one. In Seattle in The USA back in the year 2000 The Kingdome Indoor Arena was demolished...by explosives. And not just any explosives. It's pretty impressive when you look at the numbers.
In total they used 2,131 kg. (4,700 lb.) of explosives and 35.4 km. (22 miles) of detonating wire.
And we couldn't tease you with this, without showing you the video could we?
Here you go
2. The World's Heaviest Building
This one is actually just pipped to the post for the largest building by surface area. Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament, also known as the House of the Republic or the People’s House, is the world’s SECOND largest building. That's after the Pentagon in the United States.
However, what is really impressive is the weight of this thing.
In fact, the whole thing is impressive. Weighing about 9.04 billion pounds, The Palace of Parliament was valued at $3.4 billion in 2008 making it the most expensive administrative building in the world. The building is 12 stories tall, has 1,100 rooms and has a volume of 2.55 million cubic meters.
It is constructed from 700,000 tonnes (1.5 billion lb) of steel and bronze combined with 1 million m³ (35.3 million ft³) of marble, 3,500 tonnes (7.7 million lb) of crystal glass and 900,000 m³ (31.7 million ft³) of wood.
3. The World's Tallest Building
You probably know this one. If you don't, then it's good pub quiz knowledge so get learning!
The World's Tallest Building is The Burj Khalifa Tower. And that's not the only record that it holds. Check this out, it is the:
- Tallest building in the world
- Tallest free-standing structure in the world
- Highest number of stories in the world
- Highest occupied floor in the world
- Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
- Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
- Tallest service elevator in the world
Wow. Just wow! Pretty impressive. And when they were building it just imagine the amount of scaffolding!